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Kevin Williams’ Story

Kevin Williams graduated from Trinity Rescue Mission in 2018 and was immediately hired to drive our vans. His story is a testament to how powerful our God is and our motivation to keep doing what we do. From living in addiction, to feeling unloved and hungry, Kevin is now a walking testimony of how life changing the love of Christ can be.

Kevin Williams Testimony

“Another paycheck gone in less than 24 hours. No food in the house to eat. Defeated yet again, suicide on my mind. Feeling like it was the only answer to my addiction. Always depressed, working to pay my drug dealer’s bills was my everyday life. Really not much of a life at all. I worked as a maintenance man at an apartment complex in a rough neighborhood. Someone was always getting shot! I would often wonder, “When will somebody shoot me?’ I didn’t think I was worth saving. Why would anybody save me? I was a dope friend fiend??. The lowest individual on the totem pole. I stole from anyone to support my habit. Fabricated stories to get anyone to feel sorry for me to get money. The highlight of my job was going into the apartments of people who had just moved out of to see if they had left any food around. If they did, that meant I would be able to eat. Just a pitiful excuse of a man. A dope friend?? is what I was and what I figured I’d be. I was evicted from my apartment and fired from my job. With Hurricane Irene approaching, I sought shelter at Trinity Rescue Mission and eventually entered the program. This wasn’t my first rodeo, but I knew it would be my last. I felt like I had a choice, either I’d get my act together or I’d die in my addiction. This was my only option. I remember sitting in a chapel service one night and two men from the Freedom Farm gave their testimony. Their stories really weren’t that interesting to me. It was how they ended their testimony that left me baffled. They looked at the audience and told us ‘We love you and we’re praying for you.’ This was mind blowing for me. ‘You love me? But you don’t even know me? You don’t know the things I’ve done! The sins I’ve committed?! They shame I brought on my family!’ Nevertheless, I was intrigued, I wanted to know more about this “freedom farm” and what makes total strangers have love for a sinner like me! So, when the time came, I went.

God had me go through so many different processes. Learning to trust who he put in my life as leaders and mentors. Learning to discipline myself and become a man of integrity. How to be grateful in any circumstance, give back by doing service work, and treat others how I’d like to be treated. Being still and letting God be God all by himself, forming a relationship with Jesus and learning how to forgive myself.

Now I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work at the Rescue Mission. To return to the place where it all started. To share my experience with others who suffer from the same affliction. Giving back to others what was so freely given to me. Sharing my past, reaching others, and teaching them ‘If Jesus can forgive me and give me another chance, he can do the same for them!’ Let complete strangers know that, no matter your past, no matter your sin, ‘I love you and I’m praying for you’!”


Kevin, we are so proud of you and the progress that you have made!

One Comment

  • We thank God for the happy endings.
    Do you remember the story of Sedrack, Mesearch and Abednego??
    They were thrown into the furnace of fire but 3 people were seen walking in the furnace.
    The 4th person that was Jesus himself.
    Jesus will never leave us alone in any situation he will be there for…. I was a drug addict too and a former street kid……I was rescued by pastor Willy , now I graduated as a high school teacher and am doing children’s ministry as a way of saying thank you to Jesus.
    Never stop giving your testimony, it’s such an encouraging testimony.
    “They overcome by their testimony”
    Hallelujah!!!

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